The Circling and Authentic Relating Practice Guide is a short book that will teach you how to Circle effectively. It also contains a recent history of the Authentic Relating movement and an extensive resources section.
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Although the first version is ready, the project is going to remain a “work in progress” for some time as I am opening it to community contributions. I would love to receive your personal stories and other theoretical contributions! Write to me here.
What is Circling?
Circling is a group conversation practice that usually lasts an hour to an hour and a half, and involves 3 to 9 people. It is possible, however, to have it go on for days and to engage as many as 50 people or more. Circling happens either in person in many places around the world, or via online web-conferencing technology (see the Resources section). Both are great. There are also weekend workshops and advanced training programs, which often run 6 to 9 months.
Watch the Circling Europe video
Foreword to the Circling book
“No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care” — Theodore Roosevelt
This book fulfills three deep desires of mine.
My first desire was to write a practice guide to Circling that could be read in one sitting and give the essence of the modality. A guide that might be especially useful to those of us with short attention spans.
My second desire was to share my excitement about the Authentic Relating movement, which has been so fun and so transformational for me in such a short time, in the hope of inspiring others to try it out for themselves.
And my third desire was to put Circling into the context where I think it squarely belongs: as a revolutionary practice aimed at extending the reach of loving kindness in the world. As such there is no sphere of life, public or private, that cannot benefit from the practices described here. You can practice Authentic Relating (A/R) skills with anyone, whether they are aware of your intentions or not, and if you do it correctly (which is not always easy) it is very likely that you will get phenomenal results with most people.
I am currently traveling throughout the US, looking for opportunities to bring Circling into the world in two particular areas that I am very passionate about: intentional communities and mental health / addiction recovery. If you are interested in these projects and want to support me or share resources, write to me at marc@CirclingGuide.com
Finally: I am grateful for any corrections, feedback (positive or negative), and inspirational stories.
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